Monday, June 11, 2012

Books: My Daddy Is Special!

While searching for new books and activities for my upcoming Father's Day storytime, I found that there just really aren't that many helpful posts out there. 

Either that or I am really not very good at searching them out!  ;o}

That's when I decided to write this post. 

I'll share a few children's books about Dad and also include some songs and fingerplays, too. Sound good?

Few things are more heart-warming than a child enjoying a good book with someone they love!

To encourage this important connection, here are a few book suggestions for Dads and their little ones to share together. These books are all about that special relationship between a Dad and his child ~ whether they are human Dads and children or animal Dads and children. 

Let's start with some hugs and kisses for Dad:


Hugs and Kisses
Sung to; "Frere Jacques"

Hugs and kisses,
Hugs and Kisses,
Just for you!
Just for you!
Just to tell you, Daddy,
Just to tell you, Daddy,
I love you!
I love you!

Daddy Hug 
written by Tim Warnes 

 Daddy Hugs
written by Karen Katz

 Daddy Kisses
written by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben

Daddy Cuddles 
written by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben

Daddy's Lap  

This is the baby ready for a nap. 
(Hold up index finger.)
Lay her down in her Daddy's lap. 
(Lay index finger on the open palm of your other hand.)
Cover her up so she doesn't make a peep. 
(Wrap your fingers of other hand around your index finger.)
And rock her til she goes to sleep. 
(Rock hands back and forth together.)

~ Repeat using "him" for a baby boy ~

Everyone's Dad is special and that is why we love our Dads so much! 
Here are some fun songs and books to celebrate our Dads and their differences!

Daddy Is Special
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"

Daddy is special.
Daddy is special.
~ If you look ~
~ You will see ~
Someone very special.
Someone very special.
~ It is Daddy! ~
~ It is Daddy! ~

The Daddy Book
written by Todd Parr

The Daddy Book
The World's Family Series
written by Ann Morris

Daddies Do It Different
written by Alan Lawrence Sitomer 

Daddy Takes Good Care of Me
Sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Daddy takes good care of me, 
Care of me, 
Care of me.
Daddy takes good care of me
Because he loves me so.

Additional verses:
Daddy likes to play with me
Daddy feeds me yummy food
Daddy gives me lots of hugs
Daddy gives me lots of kisses
Daddy tucks me into bed
Daddy likes to read to me

As if we don't already have enough reasons to love our Dads, here are a few more in these books:

I Love My Daddy Because...
written by Laurel Porter-Gaylord

A Wild Father's Day
written by Sean Callahan

The Night Before Father's Day
written by Natasha Wing

And a few more songs to sing and rhymes to share with Daddy:
In Daddy's Lap

I love to snuggle in Daddy's lap
And squeeze him tight like this.
(hug self)
I love to tell him, "I love you!" 
And give him a great big kiss.
(blow kiss)
Big Kisses and Hugs for Daddy
 (sung to: "Ten Little Indians")

1 big, 2 big, 3 big kisses,
4 big, 5 big, 6 big kisses,
7 big, 8 big, 9 big kisses,
10 big kisses for Daddy!

~ repeat with "hugs" for Daddy ~ 

Let's end with more kisses and hugs for Dad!

I Have a Little Heart

I have a little heart that goes
Thump! Thump! Thump!
It goes right on beating when I 
Jump! Jump! Jump!
I get a special feeling when I look at you.
It makes me want to give you a kiss or two!

I have a little heart that goes
Thump! Thump! Thump!
It goes right on beating when I 
Jump! Jump! Jump!
I get a special feeling when I look at you.
It makes me want to give you a hug or two!

Kisses for Daddy
written by Frances Watts

Quick note: I will be back sometime in the next few days to share a delicious, but simple gift for Dad and a couple of fun activities to add to your celebration of Dad's Special Day this year. I hope you will bookmark this post and check back again soon. If you like crafts and flannel/magnetic board activities, then I guarantee you will want to see my next post! ;o) 

In the meantime, you can check out my Mother's Day post here and maybe get a few ideas to tweak for Dad!

I hope you enjoy these Dad books and songs and I also hope you enjoy your Monday! 

As always,



  1. Very good pots, you have gave me a couple of ideas for Father's Day!

  2. Great suggestions!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

  3. Great post Dad! I remember every day how lucky my kids are to have such a great Dad.

    My kids have recently started reading one called "Just me and My Dad" by Mercer Mayer (the one where they go camping, I think there are more than one!?). We've read it every night for weeks.

    Visiting from this weeks SASS Hop ( Would love it if you stopped by for a visit and share some love. Maybe enter a contest or two?

    Regards, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeysof TheZoo

  4. Awww...I love the pic of the monkeys. So cute. This post is adorable.

    Have an awesome week,

    The Things We Find Inside